You’ve seen them around. Fitted in some places, billowy in others. Harem Pants, or as I like to call them, (MC) Hammer Pants.
I’ll admit – I really like this trend, if it’s done right. On a bad day, these pants remind of that horrible yoga pant gaucho trend, circa 2004. See below and collectively gasp in horror.
On a good day, these pants look as if you walked straight off the runway. It’s a fun & summer-y unisex look that transitions well from day to night, especially here in NYC.
That said, there are ways to wear this look correctly along with ridiculous ways to really fuck this look up. I’ve compiled a short list of harem pants hits or misses that will (helpfully) steer you in the right direction when it comes to styling this look.
Rule of Thumb – Remember that your pants are baggy, so keep your top as fitted as possible. Nailing this look is TOO easy if you are tall, but if you’re like me and hover around 5’4″, I’d recommend footwear with as much heel as you feel comfortable walking around all day in.
Harem Pants make a killer summer ensemble. If you’re pants have any sort of pattern or print, keep the top a solid color!
Dude Harem Pants – effortlessly cool.
The racertank is so necessary for pairing with Harem Pants. If your top is a bit loose like this chick’s, tuck it in to complete your look!
Crop Tops are another awesome pairing for high-waisted Harem Pants.
Hiking your Harem Pants just below the knee is how I like to wear them!
Harem Pants are even office-friendly!
And now for the NO’s.
I’m just weird about wearing flip – flops if you’re wearing a serious outfit, period. If you’re 100% committed to looking like a lazy bum, then by all means, flip – flop it up.
Prints on Prints + Harem Pants? No.
I shouldn’t have to tell you what’s wrong with this picture.
My only problem with this look is her jacket. If she lost the jacket, it’d be a completely different outfit.
Same with this ensemble. Everything else screams YES!, except for the blazer. It became the focal point and made him look a bit top-heavy.
Justin. What a hot-mess. This outfit makes this tiny guy look even shorter. I think it he wore a fitted shirt, it would change his look dramatically.
I would avoid a heavy fabric like leather when it comes to Harem Pants. I also wish Kanye has opted for a more fitted top.
I hope these examples help a bit. For my last thought, I’d like for you to ponder this – not too long ago, this look was made famous by professional athletes: NFL players, WWF wrestlers, etc. Check it out below. Perhaps we can look to them for our next fashion trend?! They seem to know what’s up. :)